Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update -October 12, 2018

Important Dates

2018-2019

October 15 - Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL

October 18 - 5th Grade Music Performance, 7pm, HS Auditorium

October 19 - End of the 1st 9 Weeks

October 22 - PTO Restaurant Night - Cocina De Carlos (Waterville Location)

October 23 - Picture Retakes

October 23 - 3rd Grade Fall ELA Test, Part 1

October 24 - 3rd Grade Fall ELA Test, Part 2

November 2 - Professional Development/Work Day - NO SCHOOL

November 6 - PTO Meeting, 6pm, Elementary Commons

November 7 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 4pm-8pm

November 8 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, NO SCHOOL

November 9 - NO SCHOOL

November 14 - Annual Family Knight

November 14 - PTO Restaurant Night - Chowders 'N Moor

November 15 - 4th Grade Music Performance, 7pm, HS Auditorium


2018-2019 School Year Calendar


Get real time calendar on our website!

District:

http://www.otsegoknights.org/apps/events/calendar/?id=0&id=1&id=2&id=3&id=4&id=5&id=6&id=7

Elementary only:

https://elementary.otsegoknights.org/apps/events/?id=0

Otsego Elementary Angel Tree

If you wish to have your child as a participant of the program, please complete the information in this form and return this form to our child's home room teacher by OCTOBER 24.
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Otsego Biddy Wrestling Registration 2018

Registration Form and Calendar for Biddy Wrestling
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PTO Restaurant Fundraiser

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Camp Fundraiser Delivery

3rd, 4th, 5th Grade Parents

Please plan to pick up the fundraiser items that your student sold on Friday, November 2nd between 9:00am and 3:00pm. That day is a Teacher work day so no students will be in session. Pick up will take place in the commons area.


If you are unable to pick items on this date, please stop in the office on Monday, November 5th between 8:30 and 3:00 to get them.


Prize day will be on October 17th during school hours.

Otsego PTO: Call for Vendors

We are getting ready for another exciting year at the Christmas Store for the Otsego Elementary school students. This year we have around 770 students that will be shopping. We will need a lot of items for the children to buy gifts for their family members. Christmas Store will be held on Thursday, December 6th and Friday, December 7th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. You will be able to bring in your items and set up on Wednesday, December 5th after 3:45 pm.


Also this year, we will be opening to the public on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, at this time you can have higher priced items. If you plan to attend please note the form below.


If you are interested in joining us again this year, please fill out the enclosed registration form with the number of tables you will need and return the form and a check made payable to Otsego Elementary PTO to the address on registration form. Spaces are filled on a first come first serve basis so please return them as soon as possible. If we receive your information and we do not have spaces available we will promptly return your registration and money.



Click HERE for the registration form.

Preschool is in need of Field Corn and Old Phones

It is Harvest Time and preschool would love some field corn for their texture tables. They would like some of it off the cob, but mostly left on the cob. If you have some extra field corn, please consider donating some to our preschool.


Additionally, preschool is looking for some old flip phones of old cordless phones for their dramatic play areas. If you have any of these still laying around, please consider sending them in to the school for preschool!


THANK YOU!

Theo's Theatre Reminder to Parents

If your student has signed up for Theo's Theatre, and is planning to stay after school for it, please write a note to the classroom teacher to let them know. There are a lot of students signed up for Theo's Theatre, and they do not all go every week. We have no way of knowing which students are planning to stay or not, so parents need to send a note in letting the school know that their child is staying after school for Theo's Theatre. Please call the Elementary School Office if you have any questions.


Thank you for your assistance and understanding!

Powerschool Parent Access

Parents can access student grades and attendance through the Otsego website.


www.otsegoknights.org, students tab, online grades


All students user ID is their lunch number and all passwords are the first 3 letters of the student's FIRST name with the first letter being capitalized (Jane would be Jan).


If you have any trouble logging on, please call the office at 419-823-4381, option 4.

OES Parent Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures

Morning Drop-Off

  1. Please use the entire length of the drop off zone (even past the crosswalk) to keep the line moving. If all cars pull up as far as they possibly can we can fit more vehicles along the sidewalk and more students can exit at a time. This will make drop-off go quicker while maintaining safety.

  2. Students should only be let out on the side of the car that is next to the curb. This is to avoid students being hit by a moving car in the lane farther away from the curb. If your student needs to get out on that side of the car, please park in a parking spot and have your student walk into the building using the crosswalk.

  3. Please do not stop in the crosswalk. If you are dropping a student off, please do not stop your car in the crosswalk. This is a safe place for students to cross, and when there are cars in the crosswalk it creates a safety concern.

  4. The second lane is for driving only. No students should be let out of the car in the lane farther from the curb. Students should only be exiting cars onto the sidewalk so that we can ensure their safety.

  5. Please remember to NOT park your car in front of the school! The line needs to keep moving to efficiently get students into the school in a timely manner, and when there is a parked car in the drop-off line, the whole process gets backed up. If for some reason you need to leave your car, please use the available parking spaces.


Afternoon Pick-Up

  1. Please use the entire length of the pick-up zone (even past the crosswalk) to keep the line moving. If all cars pull up as far as they possibly can we can fit more vehicles along the sidewalk and more students can get into their vehicles. This will make pick-up go quicker while maintaining safety.

  2. Please do not stop in the crosswalk. If you are picking a student up, please do not stop your car in the crosswalk. This is a safe place for students to cross, and when there are cars in the crosswalk it creates a safety concern.

  3. The second lane is for driving only. No students should get into their car in the lane farther from the curb. Students should only be entering cars from the sidewalk or by using the crosswalk so that we can ensure their safety.

  4. Please remember to NOT park and leave your car in front of the school! The line needs to keep moving to efficiently get vehicles out of the pick-up zone in a timely manner, and when there is a parked car in the line, the whole process gets backed up. If for some reason you need to leave your car, please use the available parking spaces. If you are parked while you are waiting for your student (and you are IN the car), that is fine.



THANK YOU so much for your understanding and compliance with these procedures to ensure our students’ safety. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Katrina Baughman, Elementary Principal.

Important Transportation Information

Elementary Bus Passes: We will no longer be able to accept bus passes for grades PK-5 for your child to ride home with a friend on another bus route. We have seen our transportation numbers increase over the past several years and in order to continue to operate the most efficient way possible, we will no longer be able to accept bus passes in the elementary.


If you have any questions, please contact the elementary school office or Eva Vasher.


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High School & JH Buses (Bus Routes for grades 6-12 & Penta)

Text: @otsbus6-12 to 81010


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Text: @otsbuspk-5 to 81010


If you have any questions about bus routing information, please contact me at evasher@otsegoknights.org or 419-823-4381 ext. 3156

Important Food Service Information

  • Lunch Menu
    • Elementary - Lunch Menu
    • Breakfast = $1.10, $0.30 for students who qualify for reduced lunches
    • Lunch = $2.75, $0.40 for students who qualify for reduced lunches

Knight in Shining Armor Nominations

Knight In Shining Armor Nominations


Please use the following form to inform OHS Student Council about a family in need within the school district. While the family does not need to have students in the district, we do ask that they are a member of the Otsego Community. Use this form to share information about their current situation as well as how they can best be assisted.


Please be sure to understand that while Knight in Shining Armor (KISA) would love to help all community members in need, we are still a new program, and may not have the funds to do so. With that being said, we will consider each request on a case by case basis. Filling this form out does not guarantee that we will be able to assist the family, but we will try our hardest to do so!


Here are some things that we have done with KISA funds:


  • School supplies were purchased for multiple families.
  • Gas money has been provided to get to and from medical treatment.
  • Food cards have been provided to help families afford meals while going through medical treatment.
  • Cash donations have been made to families to help assist in paying bills during medical treatment.
  • Gift cards and supplies have been provided to help make ends meet after housing emergencies have occurred.




We now have TWO ways that you can nominate a family in need. Bookmark the link below to use as the need arises. You can also find this link on the Otsegoknights.org webpage under the "District" tab.


Please do not hesitate to nominate a family in need, and KISA will do their best to help out!


https://goo.gl/forms/mG7IctP7q8ZAaQOX2

Happy Friday, Knights! Three program reminders from the counseling department this week. First, thank you to all the girls and parents that expressed interest in the mentoring program we are piloting this year. Over the next two weeks we will continue to review applications and matching students with their mentor/mentee. Our first meeting with be in November, after conferences. This gives us time to get the mentor's trained and matched.


Second, if you are a parent of a 5th grader, applications and information for Be The Change Club have been sent home today and need to be returned by Wednesday, October 17th. This group is for 5th grade students who want to make a difference in our school and community and focuses on leadership, self-esteem, and team work. Please make sure your 5th grader completes the application fully, and you sign the parent consent form, to have your student be considered for this program.


Third, we are starting our fall small groups throughout the next two weeks. As a reminder, groups take place during your student's recess once a week and will focus on different topics such as coping skills for worry and anxiety, self-regulation, and friendship.


Finally, this year we have decided to keep some of the fundraising within the district. This will include our annual food drive, penny wars, and the clothing drive. We want to make sure the students and families within the Otsego Community are served first. With that, as we move into the colder months we will be collecting non-perishable food, clothing and blankets. Please send any donations to school and ask that they be given to Miss Syrowski. With that, if you or your family has a need for any food, clothing, or other resources please contact me.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns in regards to your students, please feel free to reach out to me at any time. Have a great weekend.


Sincerely,

Miss Syrowski

Otsego PTO

Check out the PTO on Facebook and follow on Twitter @OtsegoPTO

www.otsegopto.com


The next PTO meeting is November 6th at 6:00 in the Elementary Library.


**Babysitting is provided!!**

2nd Grade Field Trip to Sauder Village - Thank you PTO

Community Events & Information

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Follow Us on Twitter

Preschool: @OtsegoPreK

Kindergarten: @OtsegoK

1st Grade: @OtsegoFirst

2nd Grade: @OtsegoGrade2

3rd Grade: @OtsegoGrade3

4th Grade: @OtsegoGrade4

5th Grade: @OtsegoGrade5

School Counselor: @OEScounselor

Principal: @kbaughman723

Assistant Principal: @PrincipalWiley

STEM Teacher: @jemartinez714

PE Teacher: @AmyKonoff

School Nurse: @nursejaneots

Otsego Food Service: @Otsego_Cafe

Reminders

SAVE ALUMINUM CAN TABS

Please help our students by collecting tabs from aluminum cans. Each tab is easy to remove and can be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. The tabs help fund various projects for Ronald McDonald Houses and its visitors. Send the tabs in a bag to the school and our students will do the rest!


SAVE BOX TOPS

You can help the school earn money for supplies by collecting Box Tops. Our PTO collects and counts them and puts the money straight back into the school. (We earn 10 cents per Box Top). If you are able to collect a lot of these, it would be great if you could turn them in in groups of 50, but we will take them even if they are not grouped together.

Heard a rumor or have a question?

Please send me an e-mail or give me a call!

Bonnie Armitage

Administrative Assistant

Jenny Helberg

Administrative Assistant

Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl

School Resource Officer